News Briefs

Contract Awards and Extensions

The New Jersey American Water Co., which provides water and wastewater services in 15 New Jersey counties, has selected energy service provider NewEnergy as its electricity supplier under the New Jersey Choice Program. Approximately 100 accounts in New Jersey representing 20 MW are covered under the contract.

Two members of Citizens Energy Services, Arizona Gas and Colorado Gas, have contracted with Orcom Solutions to provide a fast-track implementation of its Enterprise Customer Information System (E-CIS). The project’s go-live date is set for Nov. 1.

Nordic Electric, a non-utility power provider to Michigan retail customers, has selected Peace Software International’s Energy ECM (Energy Customer Management) software to manage its deregulated retail utility business.

Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions

FPL Group Inc. and Entergy Corp. will combine in a merger of equals, creating the nation’s largest power company. The combined company will have a total enterprise value of more than $27 billion and will serve more than 6.3 million customers.

The boards of directors of FirstEnergy Corp. and GPU Inc. have approved a merger agreement that would create the nation’s sixth largest investor-owned electric system based on customers served. Together, the companies serve about 4.3 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Itronix, a supplier of wireless field automation technologies to mobile workforces, has agreed to resell At Work Computers’ Ranger Series of Windows CE handheld computers under its Husky brand name. The Husky FS/4 is designed for outdoor and industrial applications.

GDI Global Data Inc. and IMServ (Invensys Measurement Services) have forged a partnership to provide North American utilities with an end-to-end automatic meter reading solution that includes data collection from geographically-dispersed meters throughout North America, transmission of captured data over public wireless and wireline networks, and translation of the data into essential business information.

Mincom Inc. and CES International have entered into an alliance that will provide for integration between CES’ Centricity operations resource management systems and Mincom’s Ellipse enterprise applications solutions. The development will leverage Mincom’s AReNA integration framework incorporating CES’ InterSys EAI solution for integration to utility systems including GIS, SCADA, CIS and mobile computing.

Sierra Systems, a leading provider of CIS integration services, and Open-c Solutions, a provider of customer-centric solutions, are teaming to deliver Open-cIS to the energy industry. The two companies will jointly market, implement and support the new CIS solution.

Personnel Changes and Promotions

Joe Richardson will leave his position as Florida Power president and CEO when Carolina Power & Light (CP&L) completes its acquisition of Florida Power this fall. Bill Habermeyer, vice president of CP&L’s western region, will replace Richardson.

Stephen F. Wood has been named engineering services vice president in Consolidated Edison of New York’s electric operations organization. He will oversee customer relationships, marketing and sales, electric engineering, and facilities support for Con Edison’s electric distribution system, as well as coordinating storm outage restoration.

Philip Curtis has been appointed president and CEO of EPRIsolutions, a subsidiary of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute). Prior to the appointment, Curtis was general manager of ABB Energy Information Systems.

Gordon van Welie has joined ISO New England Inc. as executive vice president and chief operating officer. van Welie comes to the ISO from Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution where he most recently served as Power Systems Control Division vice president and general manager.

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